The reason Yukon Cornelius keeps licking his ax in the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" special is because he's looking for peppermint. The scene explaining that was deleted. huffpost.com/entry/rudolp…
Today I learned about Egill SkallagrΓ­msson, a Viking age poet, warrior, and farmer. He is the protagonist of β€œEgil’s Saga” and is thought to have suffered from Paget’s disease. This can cause bone deformation , which is storied to survive ax heads, even in death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egi…
Today I learned about 800 men, women and children, armed with ax handles, baseball bats, tire tools and golf clubs, stretched across a mile of the desolate prairie near Mud Lake and rounded up jackrabbits which they claim have done an estimated $5 million in crop damage. idahopress.com/news/state…
After her husband was executed by the King of France, Jeanne de Clisson set off on a quest of piracy and bloody justice. She would personally behead any aristocrats on board captures ships with her ax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Chipping a stone ax like early humans did 1.8 million years ago activates the same brain circuits used by modern human musicians smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In the book version of the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man was originally human. The Wicked Witch of the West enchanted his ax, making it chop off his limbs, which he replaced one by one with tin prosthetics. His dismembered body parts were used to build Chopfyt, another character in the books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
The tin man from The Wizard of oz was once a normal man. Until the Wicked Witch of the East enchanted his ax to cut off his body parts, which he replaced with tin parts. All except his heart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
In 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright's manservant murdered 7 people, including Wright's mistress, by trapping them inside the dining room of the original Taliesin, setting the house on fire, and taking an ax to victims who tried to escape. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
People have been saying β€œax” instead of "ask” for 1,200 years. It's even in the first complete English translation of the Bible from 1535. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Pronouncing the word β€˜ask’ as β€˜ax/aks/axe’ (as in African American Vernacular) is not a recent developementβ€”it was accepted in literary English alongside β€˜ask’ until about 1600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Using "ax" for "ask" isn't a new thing, and dates back at least to Chaucer wnyc.org/story/why-chauce…
The Tin Man started as a real man. The wicked witch cursed his ax to chop off his limbs, which he kept replacing with tin, until eventually he was made entirely out of tin. However he forgot to replace his heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
In 2009, the home of 19 year old Kashmiri woman Rukhsana Kausar was invaded by 3 militants. Rakhsana disarmed two of them with an ax, killed the commander with his own rifle, and forced the others to flee. She was subsequently awarded India's National Bravery Award and offered a police job. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruk…
The safety system for the Chicago Pile, the first nuclear reactor, consisted of a man with an ax and a man with a bucket. In the case of a runaway reaction, one would cut a hemp rope attached to a control rod, and the other would throw a bucket of concentrated cadmium nitride over the pile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Today I learned of Buphonia, an Athenian ritual where a laboring ox was sacrificed. This was a crime. So when a priest killed it with an ax, he had to throw it aside and flee. The ax would be brought to court, which charged the ax for the death. Sometimes it was absolved, other times it was cast into the sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bup…
Frank Lloyd Wright's lover and 7 other people were killed by an ax murderer at Taliesin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam…
During Nat Turner's rebellion, he killed a sleeping family with an ax & when he realized he'd left the family's baby alive, he went back to the house & axed the baby in its crib dailypress.com/features/h…
The Execution of Mary Stuart (1895) was one of the first films to use special-effects editing. After the executioner raises his ax, the actress is replaced with a mannequin. youtube.com/watch?v=BIOLs…
Axes is the only work in the English dictionary which can be the plural of three different singular nouns: Ax, Axe and Axis. dictionary.com/browse/axe…
In 2006, Stanford University's tree mascot 'got the ax' for drinking from a flask during a basketball game against Cal. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
'ax' was an accepted literary variant of 'ask' in English until approximately 1600 etymonline.com/index.php?…
Today I learned about William Unek, a Cop who Murdered 21 People with an Ax in 1954, Escaped to Another Country, Then Shot, Axed, Stabbed, Burned and Strangled 36 More on 11 Feb 1957. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There is a general formula for solving 4th degree polynomials (ax^4 + bx^3 + cx^2 + dx + e). It is called the quartic formula. mathfaculty.fullerton.edu…
Athena was born from the head of Zeus. Only after Zeus ate his pregnant wife, and asked the God's smith to hit him on the head with an ax. greek-gods.info/greek-god…
The reason the Tin Woodman of Oz became metal is due to the Wicked Witch of the East enchanting his ax to chop off his limbs. A tin smith then replaced each one as he lost them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The use of "ax" instead of "ask" originated from the dialect of northern England in the 1500s. Chaucer, Caxton, and the Coverdale Bible all used "ax." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In 2002 Nintendo, Sega, and Capcom teamed up to create an arcade machine based on Gamecube hardware. Games included Mario Kart GX, F-zero AX, and Virtua Striker. wiki.arcadeotaku.com/w/Tr…
Thomas More, after being convicted of treason, is believed to have told his executioner that his beard was completely innocent of any crime, and positioned his beard so that it would not be harmed by the ax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Over a century ago an Ax-wielding serial murderer killed several dozen men, women & children across the Midwest and then disappeared, never to be caught. docs.google.com/viewer?a=…
Today I learned of William Unek, an African police constable who committed 2 mass murders 3 years apart; first in the Belgian Congo in 1954 where he killed 21 people with an ax, and the next in modern day Tanzania in 1957 where he killed another 36 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodsman was created from a man whose body was chopped apart one limb a time by a cursed ax, and given mechanical replacements, until the only human part left was his mind. Meanwhile, his body was reassembled and married his former sweetheart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra once broke into an apartment one night with an ax trying to catch Marilyn Monroe with a lover. Instead the scared some random old lady half to death. latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
"ax" was an accepted literary variant of the word "ask" in Old English. Ebonics FTW! etymonline.com/index.php?…
There was an annual ritual in ancient Greece wherein a man from a particular family illegally slays an ox with an ax and the ax is convicted of murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bup…
A Choctaw duel ended with the death of both people by ax to the head. books.google.com/books?id…
Executions at the Tower of London often took more than one swing of the ax, with the doomed man or woman taking blows to the top of the head or back. See example: Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury who was beheaded after 11 swings of the ax. ancientfortresses.org/exe…

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